19-year-old bicyclist dead after collision with semi
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CREATED Jul. 4, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A young man is dead after he crashed into a semi-truck Wednesday afternoon near midtown.
Tucson police responded to a vehicle collision near Broadway Blvd., and Campbell Avenue and discovered that a bicyclist had been struck by a tractor trailer just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. Chris Widmer with the Tucson Police Department.
The investigation revealed that the driver of the semi-tractor trailer was traveling westbound on East Broadway Blvd. when he made a right-hand turn onto north Campbell Avenue, according to Widmer.
The cyclist was pedaling westbound on Broadway Blvd, approaching Campbell Avenue, Widmer said.
Widmer tells KGUN9 that the bicyclist struck the right side of the tractor trailer just below the passenger door.
The driver of the semi-truck was not injured, according to Widmer.
Emergency medical personnel transported the bicyclist, 19-year-old Albert Rich, to the hospital with serious injuries. Rich was pronounced dead a short time later, Widmer said.
“It brings back a nightmare in my life,” Scott Laos told KGUN9 News.
Laos' son, Kory, died after the 14 year old's bike hit a car. That was years ago and just two miles from Wednesday’s crash. A white bike marks the spot where it happened on Speedway Blvd. near Euclid Avenue.
“I think of their family and I feel so bad for them,” he said. “I'm so sorry for their loss.”
Laos has spent years reminding drivers and bikers to be aware of each other on the road. He along with family and friends created a Pima County park for kids who bike.
Tucson traffic detectives determined that the driver of the semi-truck was not at fault. He did not receive a citation, according to Widmer.
Reporter: Kevin Keen